#1
one of my strings broke. I wasnt playing hard or anything. they are three months old.
did I wait to long to change them? three months doesnt seem very long. waht do you think?
#3
Three months is way too long for strings to live.
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#4
yes, 3 months is quite a long time, i change my strings every 2 months, and i clean them properly and they get pretty bad by 2 months
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#5
Three months between string change is long for me. They start feeling rusty and sounding dull. You can change them whenever, as string breaking isn't a big deal, I myself change them very often though. Therefore, I very seldom break strings.
#6
Dude three months is pretty long. Where exactly did it break ? At the bridge I'm guessing? Maybe one of your saddles has a burr in it like mine does. Anyhow you should definitely change strings after 3 months. I try to change them once a month ^^.
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replace them more often, Einstein
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#11
I change them once a year as i don't play in a band or anything, and setting up intonation is a pain in the ass
#12
i change them when i feel i need to : /

thats usually around 3 - 6 weeks.
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I change strings once every year.

Although, I'm not picky about my tone.

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I change them once a year as i don't play in a band or anything, and setting up intonation is a pain in the ass

I change the strings on my guitars once a year.

I'm picky about my tone and i have band practice at least once a week, plus the ocasional gig every now and then.

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#14
strings do seem to be more likely to break the older they get.

But i mean depending on your climate and the chemical makeup of your sweat, 3 months is fine. If they still feel and sound fine after 3 months, there's no need to change them. Some players prefer the tone of older strings.

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#15
i already have strings on order and its no problem to change them. I was just wondering if I waited to long and I got my answer. Ill know not to wait so long now. thanks all.
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#16
I haven't changed strings (except high E, which has broken two times) in all the time I've been playing, and that's like two and a half years.
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#17
I never understand how people can go through strings so fast, to the people who change strings every week, how often do you play?
#18
I change strings when ever I feel like it. Maybe every 2 months or so. Sometimes longer sometimes less.

I usually don't change them until they start to not stay in tune anymore, which for EB Regular Slinkys is like 12/14 weeks.
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#19
i leave my strings on until they start to develop intonation problems. old strings tend to screw up the intonation and make it seem flat. some dumbass guitar techs even set the intonation on guitars with old worn out strings on, by moving all the saddles as far inwards towards the neck as possible.
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#20
changing strings once a year? that's like wearing the same underwear for a month
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changing strings once a year? that's like wearing the same underwear for a month

i guess my logic is like changing underwear when it starts to smell... yep, sounds about right
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I never understand how people can go through strings so fast, to the people who change strings every week, how often do you play?


+1

i mean my own reasoning is that i absolutely loathe changing strings because I'm terrible at it, but also if it takes me half an hour or an hour to change strings, that's half an hour or an hour I could be playing.

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changing strings once a year? that's like wearing the same underwear for a month


I'm not sure whether I should ask what the hell you do with your strings, or what they hell you do with your underwear o_O
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#24
I usually average anywhere between 10-30 hours of playing a week, mainly on one guitar. Sometimes I change strings out every week. sometimes they last me a few weeks. I play them until they start feeling and sounding crappy. Ernie Ball strings seem to wear the fastest for me.

There's no rule as to how often you need to change them. Play them until you don't like the sound or feel, or they break. If old, rusty, crud caked strings don't bother you, then leave them on for a year. Different climates, playing styles, pick attack, sweatiness of hands, dryness of skin, and countless other factors will affect how long your strings last.
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Guitar strings are cheap anyway -- it's not like they're bass strings at $40 a pop.


Amen to that.

My bass has had the same strings on it for thirty years. Those strings are older than I am!
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#26
I change mine when they i start to see them discolouring
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There's no rule as to how often you need to change them. Play them until you don't like the sound or feel, or they break. If old, rusty, crud caked strings don't bother you, then leave them on for a year. Different climates, playing styles, pick attack, sweatiness of hands, dryness of skin, and countless other factors will affect how long your strings last.


exactly
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#28
I change mine about twice a year on all of the 4 guitars I'm using. When you notice that the strings won't stay in tune, intonation problems and bad tone - you change them, it is as simple as that. I play quite hard and do a lot of bends - on extra light gauge of strings; but I rarely break a string. Not much hand-sweat to mention.
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#29
I dont change strings that much but when they start sounding dead to me is generally when i'll change them which usually depends on how often the guitar is played. If i break a string the whole set will be changed. Also i dont change strings all that often since i have so many guitars and most of them have double locking trems so i only really do it when i really start to notice ahaha.
I do have more guitars then some of the people on here that change them regulary and i also dont play as much as i should so yay

I also personally do not like the completely bright sound you get as soon as you change the strings. A day or two of breaking in is when it starts sounding sweet to me...
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